AMID chaotic traffic in the city, one may not make much about an aberration. But when that deviant behaviour comes from people who are supposed to abide by traffic laws it's altogether a different matter. For compliance with traffic rules is the foundation of urban existence. Traffic rules are a basic prerequisite for the city's smooth and purposeful functioning. Diligent abidance by these rules is a fundamental precondition for an orderly civic life.
Sadly, as per the lead photograph published in our paper on September 2, we witness the opposite happening and that too not for the first time as far as we remember. It is unfortunate to behold vehicles belonging to high ranking police and military officials blatantly using the wrong side of the road for their movement, while the other side for common people remains jam-packed and at a standstill.
When people in authority who are supposed to uphold law and rules break these with reckless abandon then what stops others from doing it? That is where the danger lies. The law is applicable for all and that includes the law enforcers and other public servants including members of parliament; in fact, they have to lead by example. We find this display of undue privilege in utterly bad taste too. As a matter of fact, Dhaka traffic is already heavily congested so that such wanton abuse of road space can spell the crumbling down of the whole traffic system. Nowhere in the world can anyone take liberty with public's easement rights. Let good sense prevail on those highly placed who make such mockery of law in full public glare. It is reprehensible, unacceptable and condemnable.